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Event Mon Nov 14 2011

Preview: Chicago Film Food Festival Nov. 18-20

foodfilmfest.jpgWhen producing a film festival in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation, serving the food seen on screen is a natural. Studies have shown that pictures of beautiful food stimulate hunger and seemingly makes it taste better. Combine this premise and you have the Chicago Film Food Festival. Hosted by and benefiting the Good Food Project (a nonprofit whose mission is to create a food culture amongst school children) the event takes place November 18-20 at Kendall College.

Besides over 25 food-centric shorts being shown, at certain screenings the food being portrayed will be served at your seat, allowing you to taste what you're viewing. There are before and after parties as well. One features the Great Lowcountry Oyster Roast & "Shuck 'n Suck"; another, a farm to film to table extravaganza with a sustainable whole-hog pig pickin' via Rob Levitt of Butcher & Larder fame (and the subject of one of the shorts). There'll be banana pudding and a Whiskey Bar besides. (A Saturday brunch with Doughnut Vault donuts and coffee is sold out.)

Tickets range in price from $20 to $159. Participating food sponsors over the course of the festival include Pleasant House Bakery, Hoosier Mama, Frontier, The Southern, The Doughnut Vault, Intelligentsia Coffee and Goose Island Beer (check schedule for specifics).

A love letter to buttermilk, a redneck roommate making bacon-wrapped turtle burgers, some crazy animation set to Klezmer music and a not quite subliminal plethora of extreme food porn (lotsa closeups) shall be had by all. Bring your wipes.

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The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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